Grist (magazine)

Grist (originally Grist Magazine; also referred to as Grist.org) is an American non-profit online magazine that has been publishing environmental news and commentary since 1999. Grist's taglines are "Gloom and doom with a sense of humor" and "A beacon in the smog". Grist is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has 35 writers and employees. Its CEO is former state representative Brady Walkinshaw.[1]

Grist offers reporting, interviews, opinion pieces, daily news, book reviews, food and agricultural coverage, and green advice. Its stated mission is "to inform, entertain, provoke, and encourage its readers to think creatively about environmental problems and solutions."

Regular features include "Ask Umbra," an environmental advice column by Umbra Fisk and the "Grist List," covering green celebrities and pop culture. Grist also summarizes the day's environmentally related news events in daily and weekly email newsletters.

Main writers previously included David Roberts, Lisa Hymas, and Sarah Goodyear.[2]

In an article for Time magazine, Eric Roston, who was a Grist contributor,[3] referred to Grist as, "The Colbert Report of climate change, The Daily Show of deforestation, the Oprah of oil dependency -- except with real reporting and analytical journalism."[4]

Chip Giller is the founder and former president of Grist. Giller received the Heinz Award for founding Grist in 2009.[5] In 2004, he received the Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Excellence in Public Advocacy, from the Tides Foundation in recognition of the role Grist is playing in increasing environmental awareness.[6] Giller took first place in the 2001 AlterNet New Media Hero contest for his work on Grist[7] and was one of five finalists for the Environmental Grantmakers Association's 2002 "Environmental Messenger of the Year Award." Giller was previously the editor of Greenwire, the first environmental news daily, and a reporter for High Country News, a biweekly newspaper covering Western environmental issues.[citation needed]

Brady Walkinshaw, a former state representative from Seattle, was hired as Grist's CEO in March 2017. Walkinshaw unsuccessfully campaigned to represent the Washington's 7th congressional district in 2016 on a platform of controlling carbon emissions, among issues.[1][8]

Grist is registered as a non-profit 501C3 business entity.[9] For fiscal year 2011, Grist reported revenues of $3,700,490, expenses of $3,022,290, and total assets of $2,028,447.[10][11]